Health Services - Dental Care

The health of a child’s mouth affects the child's overall health and their ability to attend school. Students need to attend school to be successful. If your child is in need of dental care and you do not have insurance; or have insurance but need help finding a dentist, let us know.

The following dental health programs and services are available to Tucson Unified students.

Tucson Unified Dental Health Services
  • Coordination of free dental care with local dentists for qualifying students
  • Pima County Health Department provides dental sealants to 2nd and 6th grade children, attending qualifying schools at no charge to school and parents
  • Fluoride Mouthrinse Program - parent permission required grades 1-5
  • Mobile on-site cleanings and screenings at elementary schools provided by General Dentistry 4 Kids

Provided by: Tucson Unified School Health Services/Dental Department

Grayline Program

Services: Free care for urgent dental needs, including severe tooth pain and infection.

Provided by: Community volunteer dentists and dental hygienists.

Eligibility: Students K-12 that are not eligible for other programs and have urgent dental needs and meet income requirements.

Arizona School-Based Dental-Sealant Program

Funded by: Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Oral Health Services 

Pima County Health Department’s (PCHD) Oral Health Program visits elementary and middle schools to offer free dental services, including oral health screenings, application of fluoride varnishes for stronger teeth and dental sealants – a thin coating applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth – to prevent cavities. Those back teeth, called permanent adult molars, are meant to last a lifetime! Both sealants and fluoride are very simple, easy and even fun. No shots and no drills. All services are provided on the school grounds. After the screening, each child is sent home with a progress report explaining what was done. Children will be given referrals if additional care is needed. 

New in the 23-24 school year, parents/guardians can complete the consent form for their child online via their phone, tablet, or desktop computer! 

Ask your child’s school principal or Health Office if the school participates in the free program, Cavity Free AZ!

PCHD Oral Health Program, 520-724-7902

General Dentistry 4 Kids

Services: On-site dental exams performed by a licensed dentist. 

  • Exam includes x-rays, cleaning and fluoride
  • We accept all AHCCCS plans and most private insurance plans
  • If you are interested in these services at your child's school, call 520-609-3127 or visit Tucson Mobile Dentistry

Eligibility: Tucson Unified students in preschool and grades K-8. 

Joseph Gaw, Ed.D., MSN, BSN, RN
Director of School Health Services
Posted/Revised Date

Information about dental health services available for Tucson Unified students.

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